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Harnessing Power of the Sun, with Stunning View of the Glen Lakes

Harnessing Power of the Sun, with Stunning View of the Glen Lakes

clean energy | June 19, 2017 | By Jacob Wheeler

When Gary Cozette and Joe Lada climb the ladder to the roof of their “Tower House” near Maple City, they behold a breathtaking view of the Glen Lakes, with the Sleeping Bear Dunes and Lake Michigan in the distance. In their immediate foreground is an array of recently installed, cutting-edge solar panels that harness the power of the sun, represent their commitment to the environment, and make them energy independent. Their solar investment represents both a moral statement and a smart utilitarian choice.

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Jim MacInnes, Northern Michigan's Renewable Energy Resort CEO

Jim MacInnes, Northern Michigan's Renewable Energy Resort CEO

clean energy | June 15, 2017 | By Jacob Wheeler

Crystal Mountain near Thompsonville is not your average four-season resort, and Jim MacInnes is not your average CEO. He is a former electrical power engineer and a well-respected environmentalist, known throughout the state as a renewable energy advocate—one who preaches “green,” not only for moral reasons but because clean energy makes economic sense.

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TentCraft Innovates, Creates Local Jobs, Now Offers Farm to Workplace Benefits

TentCraft Innovates, Creates Local Jobs, Now Offers Farm to Workplace Benefits

strong cities and towns, food & farming | April 20, 2017 | By Jacob Wheeler

The innovative pop-up tent maker TentCraft is a leader in attracting knowledge-based talent to Traverse City. The company has also created dozens of manufacturing jobs, has an "infants in the workplace" program, and recently launched a CSA-based employee wellness plan.

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Agriculture Forum: State Lawmakers Consider 10 Cents A Meal Program

Agriculture Forum: State Lawmakers Consider 10 Cents A Meal Program

Food & Farming | April 11, 2017 | By Diane Conners

The Michigan Legislature is considering whether to continue, or expand, the impactful 10 Cents a Meal state pilot project that is increasing business from schools for a significant number of farms and related food companies throughout Michigan. A state Senate subcommittee has included continued funding, but the House, so far, has not. Visit www.TenCentsMichigan.org to learn how to contact your local legislator.

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Report on 10 Cents a Meal Released to Legislature

Report on 10 Cents a Meal Released to Legislature

Food & Farming | March 27, 2017 | By Diane Conners

The popular 10 Cents a Meal for School Kids & Farms incentive procurement pilot program is providing schools with up to 10 cents per meal in match funding to purchase and serve Michigan-grown fruits, vegetables, and legumes to an estimated 48,000 students in 16 grant-winning school districts. Lawmakers are encouraged to expand the program, as schools are serving a greater variety of fruits and vegetables and that is exactly what Michigan farmers grow.

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Casey Cowell Joins Groundwork Board

Casey Cowell Joins Groundwork Board

Groundwork news | March 14, 2017 | By Jacob Wheeler

Tech entrepreneur, startup investor and philanthropist Casey Cowell has joined Groundwork's Board of Directors. In 1976, Cowell and friends created U.S. Robotics, which developed the world's first computer modem. The Cowell Cancer Center at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City recently opened, exemplifying his commitment to healthful communities. Cowell wants to help foster healthful communities in northern Michigan, as well as expand the region's growing tech scene and create jobs in Traverse City.

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Rail to Ann Arbor Project About to Roll Down the Tracks

Rail to Ann Arbor Project About to Roll Down the Tracks

strong cities and towns | March 13, 2017 | By Jacob Wheeler

A passenger rail study that will evaluate the feasibility of running regular train service between Petoskey, Traverse City and Ann Arbor is set to leave the station this spring, the Traverse Ticker reported in February. The “A2TC Train” study is a partnership between the Michigan Department of Transportation and the Groundwork Center.

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A Place to Raise a Family: Shelli DiFranco's Move to Traverse City

A Place to Raise a Family: Shelli DiFranco's Move to Traverse City

strong cities and towns | March 8, 2017 | By Jacob Wheeler

Shelli and Joey DiFranco got the 'itch' to move to Traverse City from Chicago after falling in love with the region's natural beauty and a vibrant culinary scene. Shelli initially got a job with Hagerty Insurance, which allowed them to make the leap. They live outside town, in Leelanau County, with their son Renzo.

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